Understanding Schemas and Emotion in Early Childhood makes explicit connections between young childrens spontaneous repeated actions and their representations of their emotional worlds. Drawing on the literature on schemas, attachment theory and family contexts, the author takes schema theory into the territory of the emotions, making it relevant to the social and emotional development strand in early childhood education.

Based on research carried out alongside children, parents, workers and co-researchers at the world-famous Pen Green Nursery, and using case studies of a small number of individual children, the author shows new links between cognition and affect. The book includes a brief summary of a method of Child Study, using video and reflections on video sequences.

This book will be of interest to students and practitioners on Early Childhood undergraduate and postgraduate courses, as well as those taking modules on schema theory.

John: Exploring Lines and Connecting and Coming to Understand Separations

John: Exploring lines and connecting and coming to understand separations

This chapter introduces:

  • John and his family
  • Observations of John ‘connecting’ with adults, using string
  • Observations of John's reactions to his mum and sister leaving nursery without him

Introduction and Context

John and his family lived locally. He attended the nursery for two years and was the third child in his family to come to the nursery and use other services in the centre.

John is one of five children within a reconstituted family. He has an older half-brother and an older half-sister who both live with their biological father but spend time once or twice a week in John's family home with their mother. John also has an older half-sister who ...

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